Goat Cheese and Kale Pizza

11 Sep

I haven’t been cooking this week since I’m living off a $1-a-day (on day 6 of 7!) and can’t wait to get back at it.

This pizza is something I make regularly and Mike and I both love. It is a great alternative to the traditional meat and sauce pie with creamy goat cheese and healthy kale. The crust is easy to make, but I typically purchase whole what pizza dough from Trader Joe’s.

Originally posted on Love & Olive Oil.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (from 1 envelope)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups (about) unbleached all-purpose flour

Seasoned Oil

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Topping

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 10 ounces), white ribs cut away
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • Yellow cornmeal (optional)
  • 8 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
  • 4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

Directions:

For crust:
Pour 3/4 cup water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to blend. Let stand 10 minutes to dissolve yeast. Add oil and salt, then 1 1/2 cups flour. Stir until well blended (dough will be sticky). Turn dough out onto generously floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding just enough flour to prevent dough from sticking, about 5 minutes (dough will be soft). Shape dough into ball; place in large oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Let dough rise at cool room temperature until almost doubled, about 2 hours. Punch dough down; form into ball. Return to bowl; cover with towel and let rise until doubled, about 3 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare seasoned oil:
Mix oil, garlic, and red pepper in small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.

For topping:
Cook chard in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold water; drain. Squeeze dry, then coarsely chop. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add chard and stir 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

Preheat oven to 500°F. Punch down dough. Form into ball; place on floured work surface. Cover with kitchen towel; let rest 30 minutes.

Sprinkle rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet. Sprinkle mozzarella over dough, leaving 1-inch border. Scatter chard over mozzarella. Top with goat cheese. Brush crust edge with some of seasoned oil. Set aside 2 teaspoons seasoned oil; drizzle remaining oil over pizza.

Bake pizza until crust is brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven; brush edge with seasoned oil and serve.

Goat Cheese and Kale Pizza

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2 Responses to “Goat Cheese and Kale Pizza”

  1. frugalfeeding September 12, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Looks awesome. I love goat’s cheese on pizza. You should try adding caremelised onions too, perhaps instead of the kale and add some roasted peppers. That is simply amazing.

    • sarahsonn September 12, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      Excellent! I’ll give it a try. I do, however, like all the health benefits of kale as well as the sharp taste mellowed out by the creamy goat cheese. Cheers!

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